Meet KY3's Joe Hickman.
Joe Hickman is an award-winning journalist and native of the Ozarks who's been at KY3 since 1984.
His off-the-beaten-path sports feature, "Joe's Journal," which aired for two decades, was recognized with several state and national awards including 3 Emmys, 10 Missouri Broadcaster Association awards, 6 Kansas City Press Club honors, 2 Arkansas Broadcaster Association citations and one of the news industry's most prestigious honors --the national Edward R. Murrow award, which is presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. In addition, Joe was recognized by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 1986 for producing a series on the dangers of smokeless tobacco, which was shown for several years in all of Springfield District schools as part of a cancer education program
Over the years, Joe has covered virtually every major sporting event for KY3 News, from the Cardinals-Royals Show-Me State World Series of 1985 to the St. Louis Rams Super Bowl championship in 2000.
His experience is wide-ranging, whether it's March Madness (the Lady Bears march to the Final Four in 1992 and 2001), NASCAR racing (inaugural Busch/Winston Cup events at Kansas City and St.Louis), Olympic sports (locals Jason Pyrah and Lori Endicott plus the USAWomen's World Cup Champion Soccer team's appearance in Kansas City) or historical occasions (Big Mac's home run record in 1998).
"The best part of my job is getting to meet so many interesting people from the area that I would normally never get to meet," Joe said. "Now that I'm doing news coverage I have the opportunity to meet an even wider range of folks and it means so much to me that they allow a complete stranger to ask them a bunch of questions and then share their story with thousands of other people. I can't think of another job where you get to meet so many different people in so many different circumstances and get to know them in such a short time. It's an honor and a privilege that I don't take lightly and all the people who are kind enough to share their story with me become like family."